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The British Academy of Forensic Science (BAFS) held its first meeting in 1960. BAFS is a unique organisation formed from a unique mix of forensic medicine (pathologist, psychiatrists, physicians (FMEs), scientist and lawyers. Our events are usually based in London.

Next BAFS Event

Sources and Expression of Clinical and Scientific Expert Witness Bias

 

Date: 18th January 2020

Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London

About the event:

At this exciting meeting, the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Association of Forensic Science will bring together a top faculty of prominent speakers to look at the source of partiality in different forensic disciplines, addressing bias in the individual and in the criminal justice system.

Sources and Expression of Expert Witness Bias

The expert witness practice of forensic doctors and scientists is under increasing scrutiny, by both the courts and professional bodies.

Appraisal of expert witness practice must address not only technical competence, including demonstrating evidence of a real understanding of the interface between medicine or science and law, but also ethical probity. And the avoidance of bias represents the greatest technical and ethical challenge.

Bias can arise from sources ‘within’ the expert, including via ‘cognitive bias and heuristics’, or as an inherent reflection of the adversarial legal system itself; and can be expressed throughout the method of assessment, report drafting and giving of oral evidence.

The conference will define and address bias across a range of forensic medicine and science disciplines, presented by a range of distinguished practitioners; in order to identify sources and routes to expression that are both ‘generic’ to all expert witness practice and specific to particular medical and scientific disciplines. And the programme will end with a senior judicial commentary on bias in expert evidence, as well as on judicial bias, as viewed from the bench.

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Regular BAFS Events

BAFS Events

Friends' Dinner
A popular annual event that is often over-subscribed. Some of the previous topics discussed at this event included the wrongful conviction of Barry George for the murder of Jill Dando, Child Sexual Abuse, the murder of Rachel Nickell, False Confessions, and the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

Joint Events

BAFS and Clinical Forensic and Legal medicine section of Royal Society of Medicine
Date: Saturday 19 January 2019
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, London
CPD: Accredited

The recent disasters, such as Grenfell Tower and Westminster Bridge, has highlighted how forensic science plays an important part in victim identification.

A panel of experts will examine how forensic odontology, anthropology and pathology contribute to the identification process.

Learn about the psychological impact such events can have on victims, hearing more about the nature of the subsequent inquests from those supporting them.
Key topics:
  • How forensic odontology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic anthropology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How forensic pathology contributes to disaster victim identification
  • How victims are affected by disasters
  • How psychologists manage victims of disasters
More information here

BAFS Friends Dinner

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External Events

CSFS Annual Student Conference 2019

The Theme of this year's conference is "Beyond Forensic Science" and aims to showcase the diverse array of fields that your future career could take.

Conference dates: Saturday 30th November.

Conference venue: University of Strathclyde, Technology & Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow, G1 1RD

Further Information: https://www.csofs.org/Events/63944

Previous BAFS Events

AGM & Ormrod Lecture 2019: Should Acute Behavioural Disturbance be considered a Public Health Problem?

Speaker: Dr Meng Aw-Yong

 

The role of plants, fungi and algae in environmental forensics

Speaker: Dr Mark Spencer

 

Friends Dinner 2019: How did forensic science help identify Richard III?

Speaker: Professor Sarah Hainsworth OBE

RSM & BAFS joint event 2018

Dr Richard Shephard, Professor Peter Vanezis, Dr Curtis Offiah, Professor Peter Gill, Mr David Heming, Detective Inspector Mark Richards and Master Evan Bell, 20/01/2018

AGM & Friends Dinner 2017 

James Hines QC and Dr Martin Hall,  01/11/2017

Forensic Investigation in Counter Terrorism

Sharon Broome, 30/11/2016

The Lund Lecture 2015

Professor Denise Syndercombe Court, 04/10/2016

AGM & Friends Dinner 2016

Andrew Smith and Professor Nigel Eastman, 18/05/2016

Forensic Imaging: From Plates to Pixels

Nick Marsh, 21/01/2016

Investigating sudden unexpected death

Professor Richard Shepherd, Marta Cohen, Professor Robert Peckitt, Professor Mary Sheppard, Dr Safa Al-Sarraj, Professor Robert J. Flanagan, Dr Elijah Behr, Dr Jason Payne-James, Professor Robin Ferner, Dr Peter Dean, 16/01/2016

Ormrod Lecture 2015

Professor Robert J. Flanagan, 22/10/2015

Science and the Courts. Human Identification, Migration and Trafficking

Prof Robert J. Flanagan, HH Judge Jeremy Donne QC, Upper Tribunal Judge Mark Ockelton QC, Professor Cheryl Thomas, Mr Stuart Black, Mr Roger Baldwin, Dr Ann Priston, Mr Nick Marsh, Dr Denise Syndercombe Court, Professor Michael Kopelman, Dr Sarah Majid, Dr Sarah Chin, Dr Michael Korzinski, 28/03/2015

Blood Pattern Analysis

Jo Millington, 15/01/2015

The Lund Lecture 2014

Professor Bob Peckitt 23/10/2014

Clozapine Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Dr James MacCabe, Professor Robert Flanagan and Professor Christoph Hiemke 28/06/2014

Fingerprints

Ken Butler, 15/05/2014

 

Past Venues

Chapter Hall St John’s Gate

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